|I won a copy of Tinkers|
- Writing is different from publishing. If you write solely to be published, your books will have a short shelf life. (Sorry about the pun.)
- You should be able to describe your books in terms of its characters, rather than being about abstract concepts. Always start with a character.
- Genre fiction and literary fiction are not diametrically opposed. Writers should find a place somewhere on the spectrum, not at the poles.
- Writing is a conversation with what's gone before. Writers have families of influence and by reading the classics, writers can set down deep roots.
It was a wonderful conversation between all of us. It's clear that Harding has devoted a lot of time to thinking about what he wants his writing to be and what makes writing art. I hated to see the conversation end—partly because I wanted to argue (gently) with him about genre writing. There was so much more to be said and its rare to meet someone who thinks so deeply about literature and loves to talk about it as much as I do.